ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Social Studies (1)
Title: Alabama Mardi Gras Celebration
Description: This lesson is a very hands-on experience for students. Students will not only learn the facts about Mardi Gras, but they will also be making items related to Mardi Gras. Students will create and design their own Mardi Gras mask or float. Students are engaged at all times!
Subject: Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Tech Tours using Google Earth-it’s easy, it’s fun…come take a trip with us!
Description: Grab your passport and head around the world as K-2 students become reporters using Google Earth and podcasting to learn and share about maps, globes, people and places around the community, state and world. Tools featured include: Tablet pc’s, iPods, digital cameras, document camera, classroom response system, and free web 2.0 tools.
Subject: Social Studies (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Classroom Feud
Description: As part of a unit about the state of Alabama, students spend time collecting information about the state, which they in turn report to a classroom in another state using distance learning equipment. Then the two classroms in different states "battle it out" in a game show about the two states written by the teachers.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Helen Keller
Description: During this lesson students learn about the life of Helen Keller and how she communicated with others. Students have the opportunity to use sign language to communicate with others. Students gain an appreciation for their sight and hearing, as well as admiration for those who do not have these senses.
Alabama Mardi Gras Celebration
This podcast was created by 1st grade students and teacher. The podcast includes pictures of the students creating their Mardi Gras project. Each student either created a Mardi Gras float or mask. The students along with the teacher researched facts about Mardi Gras in order for students to better understand what they were creating and why. At the end of the lesson students presented their facts and their Mardi Gras project.
Celebrations In Our State (Alabama)
This podcast highlights different celebrations/events in the state of Alabama. The podcast explains what a celebration is. It also talks about the different activities involved in each celebration/event. It highlights the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Decatur, Alabama, the Shrimp Bowl Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama, and the Talladega Race in Talladega, Alabama.
Alabama African American History Calendar Project
Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This website provides a month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to Alabama African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on Alabama and United States history. A free, downloadable calendar with historic events from African American history can also be found on this site.